The two-tonne statue of Christopher Columbus in San Fransisco has been dislodged after years of being ravaged. Initially installed in the year 1957, the high and mighty 12-foot tall effigy was finally removed on June 18, 2020, as per the orders of the San Francisco Mayor London Breed. The decision to remove the statue was due to the riots all over America, resulting from the death of George Floyd.
Mayor London Breed reasoned that the installation of the statue did not fall in line with the city’s “commitment to racial justice.”. Also, there was a buzz about a planned protest to root out the statue from its pedestal. In order to protect the residents from getting injured amidst the scuffle, a calculated decision was made to remove the statue and place it in storage. Reports claim that the statue has been defaced 3 times this week.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “At a time of great unrest and deep reflection by our country, we recognize the pain and oppression that Christopher Columbus represents to many. We believe that through public art, we can and should honor the heritage of all of our people, including our Italian-American community, but in doing so, we should choose symbols that unify us,” Supervisor Aaron Peskin said in a statement.
“Christopher Columbus is a deeply polarizing historical figure given the deadly impact his arrival in this hemisphere had on indigenous populations,” a statement from Senate President Pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Assembly Rules Committee Chair Ken Cooley noted Tuesday. “The continued presence of this statue in California’s Capitol, where it has been since 1883, is completely out of place today. It will be removed.”
In the meantime, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the removal of 4 portraits of the former speakers of the house who had connections to the confederacy. This was done to celebrate Juneteenth, which is a widely celebrated holiday that marked the end of slavery.
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Source: Los Angeles Post